Catholics in America: A History

From colonial missions to the Iraq war, Patrick W. Carey details the rich and varied involvement Roman Catholics have had in American political, cultural, and family life. Brief biographical sketches of important Church figures and a chronology of key events make this an accessible and invaluable resource for anyone seeking insight into the history and current status of the Catholic Church in America.

Comprehensive and up-to-date, ongoing investigation of abuse scandals, the paperback edition of Catholics in America: A History includes a new chapter covering the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and increasing tension between traditional Catholic values and the beliefs of modern lay people.


Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father's Love

The need for spiritual direction—or the accompaniment of a spiritual guide—is becoming more prominent in a world where so many are suffering from so many wounds. Together with concrete guidelines and numerous examples from personal experience, this book refers extensively to Sacred Scripture as the foundation for spiritual direction.

This book also shows how various aspects of the spiritual life can emerge from and be fostered by a one-on-one relationship with a spiritual director. Furthermore, the writings of the saints, the authors turn for guidance to the Doctors of the Church, since the practice of spiritual direction goes back to the first centuries of the Church, and the papal magisterium in developing and supporting their insights.

With a harmonious integration of both timeless spiritual wisdom from the Catholic Church's tradition of prayer and direction, and the insight of the psychological sciences, Fathers Thomas Acklin and Boniface Hicks offer a comprehensive guide for all who provide or seek spiritual direction. Spiritual direction: a guide for sharing the father's love fortifies priests, assist men and women in hearing the voice of God, and lay faithful who embrace the ministry of spiritual direction and accompany the wounded, religious, and model the love and mercy of the Father for the many who are seeking Him but do not know Him or have false images of Him.

. Spiritual direction will call spiritual directors to deeper holiness even as they assist others in growing closer to the Father through His loving gaze of mercy.


The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America

The faithful pays particular attention to the intricacies of prayer and ritual―the ways men and women have found to express their faith as Catholics over the centuries. Moving past the pulpit and into the pews, The Faithful is an unmatched look at the American Catholic laity. With an intimate knowledge of the dilemmas and hopes of today’s church, O’Toole presents a new vision and offers a glimpse into the possible future of the church and its parishioners.

. Today’s catholics will find much to educate and inspire them in these pages, and non-Catholics will gain a newfound understanding of their religious brethren. Shaken by the ongoing clergy sexual abuse scandal, and challenged from within by social and theological division, Catholics in America are at a crossroads.

But is today’s situation unique? and where will catholicism go from here? With the belief that we understand our present by studying our past, James O’Toole offers a bold and panoramic history of the American Catholic laity. Used book in Good Condition. O’toole tells the story of this ancient church from the perspective of ordinary Americans, the lay believers who have kept their faith despite persecution from without and clergy abuse from within.

We see catholics’ complex relationship to Rome and to their own American nation. It is an epic tale, from the first settlements of Catholics in the colonies to the turmoil of the scandal-ridden present, and through the church’s many American incarnations in between. O’toole brings to life both the grand sweep of institutional change and the daily practice that sustained believers.




Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization

Contrary to popular opinion, in fact, the conditions under which people who have not heard the gospel can be saved are very often, Martin argues that according to this text, not fulfilled, with strong implications for evangelization. In particular, martin analyzes the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, the document from the Second Vatican Council that directly relates to this question.

In will many be saved? ralph martin focuses primarily on the history of debate and the development of responses to this question within the Roman Catholic Church, but much of Martin's discussion is also relevant to the wider debate happening in many churches around the world. Used book in Good Condition.

. It has also become a much-debated topic in current theology. The question of whether and how people who have not had the chance to hear the gospel can be saved goes back to the beginnings of Christian reflection.


The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call

No believer in christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples. Blessed john paul iiwith the encouragement of blessed john paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, discover a renewed urgency and growing enthusiasm for sharing the Gospel with those in your life, both non-believers and those who are no longer practicing their faith.

In the urgency of the new evangelization: answering the call, ralph martin explains:it's not just a churchy buzzwordIt's not just for priests and missionaries to carry outYOU and every individual Catholic play a roleIt is literally a matter of life or death for everyone in your lifeAnd… it's not as hard as you think Used book in Good Condition.

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The Gospel of John Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture

Baker Academic. This volume, preaching, like each in the series, evangelization, is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, and other forms of ministry. Used book in Good Condition. They unpack the wisdom of the fourth Gospel for the intellectual and spiritual transformation of its readers and connect the Gospel with a range of witnesses throughout the whole history of Catholicism.

. In this addition to the catholic commentary on sacred Scripture, liturgical, two well-respected New Testament scholars interpret the Gospel of John in its historical and literary setting as well as in light of the Church's doctrinal, and spiritual tradition.


A Beginner's Guide to the Study of Religion

How should we understand and interpret the strange but familiar thing that we call “religion”? What are the foundations of a methodical approach to this subject, and what theoretical tools are available to students who are new to this area of inquiry? A Beginner's Guide to the Study of Religion provides an accessible, wide-ranging introduction to theories and basic methodology in the field.

Now in its second edition and updated throughout, science, sexuality, violence, ethnicity, this concise but comprehensive book includes:- - A case for the urgency and relevance of studying religion today- Discussion of the role and perspective of the student of religion- Description of the nature of theory and its function- An accessible survey of classic theorists in the modern study of religion- Feature boxes highlighting essential quotations and guiding principles for application of theories An expanded consideration of contemporary issues in the field, globalization, including gender, race, and new media.

Recommended further reading a beginner's guide to the Study of Religion offers a thorough but concise body of material suitable for introductory courses on the study of religion, or to provide theoretical context for survey courses. Used book in Good Condition. Bloomsbury Academic. Study questions and worksheets can be found on the book's webpage.

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John's Gospel in New Perspective: Christology and the Realities of Roman Power Johannine Monograph

In this fascinating and original reading of the Gospel of John, it becomes clear that Christology is not merely theological theorizing, but a matter of immense political import. Baker Academic. Bloomsbury Academic. Richard cassidy argues that ignoring or downplaying such political-theological implications because of some supposedly manifest separation between spiritual belief and politics is both shortsighted and unbiblical.

Used book in Good Condition. The conflict between Christianity and Roman Imperial theology manifested at very early stages in Christian history.


Preaching to the Hungers of the Heart: Preaching on the Feasts and Within the Rites

Wallace, phd, cssr, is professor of homiletics at Washington Theological Union. James wallace offers a nuanced consideration of the homily as nourishment. The final chapter considers one other hunger of the heart, referred to by John Paul II as a hunger to preach the gospel Pastores Dabo Vobis, unique to the preacher, no.

He also addresses the spirituality of the preacher as it is worked out in the process of preparation. He focuses on three common liturgical contexts: feasts of the Lord, feasts of Mary and the saints, and the sacramental rites. In preaching to the Hungers of the Heart Fr. For preachers and students in schools of ministry who are preparing to preachPreaching to the Hungers of the Heart will serve as a useful tool to help satisfy the hunger to preach the Gospel.

Chapters are "preaching's task in a new millennium: feeding god's people, " "preaching through the saints and the hunger for belonging: ii - Mary, " "Preaching the Feasts of the Lord and the Hunger for Wholeness, " "Preaching Within the Sacramental Rites and the Hunger for Meaning, "Preaching Through the Saints and the Hunger for Belonging: I - The Saints, " and "Cultivating the Preacher's Hunger: 'To Make the Gospel Known and Loved.

James A. He has also authored numerous articles and has given preaching conferences and workshops in the U. S. Chapter two, considering the innermost hunger of the human person, looks to the preaching that takes place on the great feasts of the Lord and how such preaching can nourish the hunger for wholeness.

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Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics Catholic Moral Thought

Used book in Good Condition. The catholic moral vision that informs this volume is rooted in the moral life described by the Lord Jesus Christ in his Sermon on the Mount. Besides ethical questions raised at the beginning and the end of life, Nicanor Austriaco, O. P. Discusses the ethics of the clinical encounter, human procreation, organ donation and transplantation, and biomedical research.

As pope john paul ii taught in his moral encyclical, with God's grace, Veritatis splendor, we imitate Christ by seeking, to perfect ourselves through our actions and the virtues they engender. Used book in Good Condition. Engages contemporary moral questions raised by biology and medicine from a sound catholic perspective*How are the patient, and the scientist called to grow in holiness in their particular vocations? This introductory text, written from within the Catholic moral tradition, the physician, the nurse, narrates a bioethics that emphasizes the pursuit of beatitude in the lives of those who are confronted by moral questions raised by biomedicine and the other life sciences.

Baker Academic. Finally, the text discusses the realities faced by citizens of faith living in a free and democratic society that is at the same time postmodern, secular, and liberal. In this way, catholic bioethics differs from other contemporary approaches to bioethics that focus on either the outcomes of human acts or the procedures that protect the autonomy of the human agent.

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The Gospel and Letters of John: Interpreting Biblical Texts Series

The sixth through the eighth chapters, the heart of the book, guide the student through a reading of the Gospel. The second chapter addresses the fascinating issues regarding the origins of the Gospel and the letters: authorship, sources, and composition. Bloomsbury Academic. In this volume, R. Each letter is treated in turn.

Baker Academic. Used book in Good Condition. The fifth chapter turns to more traditional concerns: John as theology. The final chapter examines the challenges and potential of the Johannine literature as documents of faith. The book begins with a close look at the relationship between John and the Synoptics and a summary of John's distinctive thought and language.

The history of the Johannine community is reviewed in chapter three. The ninth chapter serves as an introduction to the Letters, noting especially their relationship to the Gospel. This chapter provides a digest of the Christology, theology, and eschatology of John. Brown used book in Good Condition. He not only conveniently draws together his research but also shows himself to be an excellent teacher.

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